Another of the challenges created by aguycalledbloke
…and this week he has created another “Game On” challenge, as he explains in the post below:
This challenge is based on the theme: CONFIDENCE.
The Rules …
1] Leave the Permanent Questions [PQ] always in place PLEASE.
2] Reblog should you so desire
3] If you do reblog, a ping back would always be welcomed so l don’t miss it.
4] This is a non tagger/non nomination game.
Daily Topic Subject – Confidence
Q1] What does confidence mean to you?
It is a mix between having no shame….and having a very solid foundation on which your life is built.
That may be solid values, a solid support network of family and friends, a real grasp on what is important. Realizing that you cannot be easily swayed by popular opinion or propaganda, because you realize that lots of people don’t check their facts, they just get caught up in the current and have no idea about a lot of important things.
Things might go wrong, but you can recover because of the solid foundation you are built on.
Q2] What you do believe to be your main strengths?
Any strengths I have are all due to the hard work my parents and others put into me. I am so grateful for them.
I am a fairly good communicator.
My memory seems fairly sharp.
I like to be helpful.
I am a great side-kick. I love to support someone who is my superior.
I tend to be obedient. If you give me a recipe…I will follow it precisely. I like to be obedient.
If I say I will do something for you, I will – Mum and Dad set the example in reliability and faithfulness.
Mum and Dad have set a great example, which I try to follow, in humility (which I think is one of the most beautiful qualities) and industriousness.
I like to work hard and give my employer an honest day’s work. I like to learn. I am willing to go in and start from scratch and patiently learn a new skill.
Q3] What do you think are your weaknesses?
Do you really have time to read all of my weaknesses?
- Cheese (I am not great with dairy, but I love cheese!)
- I tend to bottle things up emotionally.
- I don’t like to be a burden to anyone, so sometimes try to handle things alone instead of crying for help.
- My left ankle is weak…I have strained the ligaments in it many times.
- The right side of my head, I still worry it looks odd after the injuries I received three years ago.
- I am a bit of a technophobe.
- I sometimes publish my posts without checking for spelling or grammar errors.
- I am always forgetting umbrellas, I leave them on the bus, in restaurants, in my friends’ cars or hallways.
- I am not very good at being creative or artistic.
- I have always needed there to be someone who tells me “Well done!” Without some kind of positive feedback, I get rather anxious that I might be doing things wrong.
Q4] Are you a risk taker?
Not when it comes to life…life is a phenomenal gift and I would not endanger life. I am not the type to get frustrated about health and safety legislation. If it saves one life, it is worth it.
What would I risk? Erm…well, recently I gave in my notice to my former employer without having a job to go to. Things worked out of course, but I was nervous!
PQ5] List 8 things that positively impact your confidence.
Does that count as my answer to that question?
Q6] Do you learn from your mistakes?
Is not the ability to learn from your mistakes a major advantage to life!
If you can’t learn from you mistakes, you are just going to keep getting hurt over and over. I hope I have learnt from most of my mistakes.
PQ7] List 8 things that negatively impact your confidence..
Being the subject of unkind gossip.
The intense pain I have in my head at times.
People who are aggressive or get angry quickly.
Flashbacks to the crime I was victim of three years ago.
It is odd to see little children who know more about technology than I do.
I wish I was perfect for Goldfinch. I love him so much, but I am not the woman of his dreams…or he would not be going back to Australia would he?
Q8] How are you when meeting new people for the first time?
Fine…good manners, politeness help everywhere. Most people respond to a smile and kindness.
Show interest in other people – many people love to talk about themselves, so just be good at listening and asking questions to encourage them.
I do love people…although I have come across some absolute rotters…but you don’t know what someone is truly like until much later down the line.
Q9] If you had to address a and audience and deliver a five minute speech on a subject you were passionate about – could you do it?
I have done it hundreds of times.
Q10] What is your current attitude towards politics?
Neutral with regards to human politics.
However, I obey the law and pay my taxes. I just don’t vote.
Q11] Would you describe yourself as a confident person?
I think you have to be to survive in London, especially if you are driving a car.
I used to be a lot more shy when I was younger. But I have had so many wonderful experiences of overcoming my nerves and getting to know and work with new people over the years. I am more confident now.
I don’t know how confidant I am, but I am not shy like I used to be. I am much more relaxed.
PQ12] In reference to Question 9 – if you answered yes what would be your specialist subject for five minutes’? Discuss
Oh goodness…there is an awful lot I can talk about. It all depends on the audience. I would pick a very different theme and subject depending on who made up my audience.
If I could choose my audience, it would be a group of house-keepers and I would discuss the marvels of white vinegar.
Q13] How sure are you of your feelings and emotions – as in are you true to them?
I have lots of feelings and emotions…but I know they might be wrong at times, and if they could lead me to harm or cause me to hurt someone, I would do my utmost to suppress them.
I like to make decisions based on clear reason, but that also feel right. When I need advice with a decision, I would turn to someone who is not overly sentimental, who can think logically.
Q14] How well do you cope with unexpected changes to your routines?
Happens all the time! I try not to worry anymore. Things happen. If you are tied to a plan or a schedule and can’t cope with a disruption, stress can rise quickly. I just try to keep focused on my end purpose or objective and accept that there may be many different ways to get things done.
PQ15] In reference to question 9 – and you answered no, but still had to be in front of the audience, what WOULD your confidence allow you do – explain.
I answered yes…
But in addition to giving a speech, I would be happy to offer a song too!
Perhaps even a dance, if my audience were paying to see me perform.
Q16] Is success important to you?
Define success! Success to me involves things like:
Learning to love, and being loved – humans thrive on love. (I am not talking about romantic love necessarily, though that is nice too!)
Being honest, being trustworthy, having integrity.
Doing what you can to look after your health.
Having satisfying work and a safe, clean home.
Q17] Do you set yourself goals and are you able to achieve them within your set target periods?
I used to set many goals. I am sure having goals helped me to make good decisions.
Since I was the victim of a crime three years ago, I have had to adjust my expectations of myself somewhat and although I maintain my focus on my objective, I try to be more patient. But I know where I am headed and I have to build up my strength to get home.
Q18] True or false – You are born with self-confidence?
I think that is false. So much of what shapes our personality depends on the environment in which we grew up. I was shy as a kiddo, I have developed confidence when I have seen how things worked out for people who my parents advised me were not making wise decisions. Mum and Dad were right about almost everything!
Q19] Do you believe that you cannot be successful in life if you do not have self-confidence?
Erm…No, I think.
However, I think it is an element of self-confidence, no just wisdom, that helps you to reject the popular view of success – fame, wealth, physical perfection – and instead live your life with real purpose and meaning.
I will say this though…people might be secure and confidant about themselves for all the wrong reasons!!! Goodness, I have come across some eeeed-yats…I don’t like to be unkind about people. But I have seen people who have had everything money can buy but were total losers! Not that they realized that – nope they seemed to think they were rahter wonderful.
PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?
I am not deleting any of these.
Q21] Do you believe people with self-confidence are all arrogant?
Hmm….arrogance is not nice. However, I think it is healthy to have a reasonable amount of self-esteem based on knowing you are a good person. I think you have to get the right balance. If you a nervous wreck all the time you won’t be enjoying life to the full, and other people will not know what to do around you if you are falling to pieces all the time.
A good sense of humour goes a long way to being relaxed in your own skin.
It is almost like having a good conscience…you can hold your head up and look people in the eye, because you know that you would never intentionally hurt them or steal from them or in anyway be cruel. That is far more important than the clothes you wear or how large your bank account is.
Live your life as a giver…no need to be shy. Just jeep giving others reasons for joy.